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I'm seriously so proud of the Kings! There taking it to the best teams in the West like OKC, LAC, and GSW and they're keeping it so close! I don't even mind losing cuz I want a high draft pick. Considering what we are doing these teams now, can you imagine what we can do with Jabari Parker or Julius Randle in our lineup? Loving the effort right now. Keeping doing exactly what you're doing!
As for defense, JT is absolutely the worst. He's a "power" forward but everyone blows past him and every time I watch him defend, he always ends up fouling! Always! Then he makes a confused face. Like c'mon man you just keep fouling.
1 day ago on Sacramento Kings young athletes tested defensively
@Ken S You nailed it man! I mean look at the Kings yesterday competing to the end against a Warriors team loaded with stars! Sure we had to rally but atleast it showed fight. And same thing with the Clips game where we pushed it to overtime (even though they were missing their starting PG and SG).
All I want from the Kings is to show a competitive effort in almost every game and that's exactly what theyre doing. It's all about culture change right now. I wanted Cousins to average a double-double for the season and be among the top 5 in Rebounds and charges drawn. Have an All-Star caliber season. I wanted McLemore to show promise and make the Rising Stars Challenge and maybe even compete in the 3pt contest! And I wanted Vasquez to average around 8-9 ast per game.
I don't want wins this year because I want the Kings to get a high pick in the draft. If we are staying close with the Warriors right now can you imagine how much better we can be when he have a Jabari Parker or Julius Randle in our lineup!?
3 days, 1 hour ago on CK Press Box Report: Golden State Warriors 115, Sacramento Kings 113
@theredzone7 You're absolutely right! There is no way we are going to swing the franchise around with minor signings in the FA (mainly because no one wants to play in Sac) and small trades. We need to build through the top of the draft by drafting a player like Wiggins (who is compared to T-Mac) or Jabari Parker (who is compared to Carmelo Anthony) to really turn this franchise around. Can you imagine how much better a lineup with Cousins, McLemore, and Parker is going to look with good role players like IT, Thorton, and Vasquez! Tanking is the way to go! I'm already use to losing. We just have to suffer through one more year, then Jabari or Wiggins or Randle will begin to turn this franchise around.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on So you want to coach the Sacramento Kings?
I hope Boogie Cousins makes an All-Star appearance but I think its gonna be tough considering all the other frontcourt players in the West and the record of the Kings. I also hope Ben McLemore will make the Rising Stars challenge and I really hope McLemore and even Jimmer Fredette are in the 3pt contest this year!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Three Sacramento Kings make 2014 NBA All-Star Ballot
I love Jimmer as a player and person but I can't believe the Kings had to resort to him this early in the season.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on With the Sacramento Kings struggling, Jimmer Fredette gets another shot
I like Coach Malone a lot and I think he will last longer than the previous coaches the Kings have had but so far Malone is following in Keith Smart's path. I remember Smart saying to focus on defense in the offseason and when the regular season started last year, the team played average defense while the main issue was that the offense was lost. I think so far Malone has done the same because he kept demanding defense, that he didn't really give much attention to the offensive side of the ball over the training camp and preseason. I'm not losing faith cuz I know there's a long way to go but when I see the 76ers working their tails off and just playing hard, regardless of the talent, and winning, I wonder why the Kings can't do the same? Lastly I think Vasquez needs to play more and really establish himself as the main distributor and playmaker for this team. The team seems to want to run but he seems to be more in favor of slowing it down a bit. IT is playing great but it's not raising the overall teams play like I know Vasquez can.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on CK Press Box Report: Portland Trail Blazers 96, Sacramento Kings 85
@TomDeMatteoJr How am I, as a Kings fan who is just suggesting my honest opinion of what the Kings roster should look like, hating on JT? Any real fan can tell that Patterson and Cousins complement each other much better than JT and Cousins complement each other. Patterson can hit long range shots and can even step out to the 3pt line and hit shots. Putting him in the starting lineup next to Cousins would give Cousins more space to operate. Not to hate on JT as you might accuse me of Tom, but JT and Cousins are both better in the paint, so JT would take up space in the paint when Cousins is trying to put on the moves, which would allow the guy guarding JT to slide over and double team Cousins in the paint. Another thing to take into account is that Patterson and Cousins played together at the highly prestigious University of Kentucky, so they have chemistry with each other.
Another thing is who would be our backup center if JT and Cousins started next to each other Tom? Would it be the 6'9 Carl Landry? The 6'9 Patrick Patterson? Or the 6'6 Chuck Hayes? From a full team perspective, it makes more sense to bring in JT off then bench as the backup Center because he is 6'11.
I would not be surprised at all if JT was still put into the starting lineup even after everything I have just laid out for you, because he is actually the better defender between himself and PPat and that is what new coach Mike Malone is preaching. But my opinion is that Patterson would be a better fit next to Cousins and JT would bring a great big presence at the Center position from off the bench, especially because we are lacking anyone else over 6'10.
1 month, 1 week ago on Jason Thompson on his improved defense
This is how the depth chart should look with the starters in the front:
PG- Greveis Vasquez, Isaiah Thomas, Ray McCallum
SG- Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton, Jimmer Fredette,
SF- John Salmons, Luc Mbah Moute, Travis Outlaw
PF- Patrick Patterson, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes
C- DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Jason Thompson on his improved defense
Normally I would never root for this extension to happen right now. I
actually wanted to see if Cousins matures and takes his game to another
level before signing him to an extension. But I've heard rumors that the
Lakers are once again looking to poach other teams free-agents and I
could see Cousins ditching Sacramento for the bright lights of LA and
that is not something I ever want to see. So I guess it would be better
to lock him up now before he becomes a free agent.
2 months, 1 week ago on Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Extra: Is it worth extending DeMarcus Cousins’ contract now?
Normally I would never root for this extension to happen right now. I actually wanted to see if Cousins matures and takes his game to another level before signing him to an extension. But I've heard rumors that the Lakers are once again looking to poach other teams free-agents and I could see Cousins ditching Sacramento for the bright lights of LA and that is not something I ever want to see. So I guess it would be better to sign him for sure now before he becomes a free agent.
2 months, 1 week ago on Report: Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins moving towards max extension
@KrishnanCoughran @Mad Dam
Exactly! If he wasn't so inconsistent he would be a serviceable option for a team that is lacking veterans. I think you're both right that age might be the deciding factor for Salmons.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Which veteran will step up for the Sacramento Kings?
I don't understand why people think John Salmons is a bad player. The guy can score and if he commits like he use to in Chicago, he can play defense at an above average level. Yes he's certainly not flashy and he's madly inconsistent nowadays, but I still think he's one of the Kings top players and a veteran we can rely on better than Outlaw.
I love the McLemore pick! He can be better than GSW's Klay Thompson cuz he's got all the shooting Thompson does and he's more athletic! Vasquez pickup is a close second because the dude drops dimes everywhere!
Don't think the additions are over yet tho, I predict there's going to be a few more moves made!!!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Who is your favorite addition to this seasons Sacramento Kings roster?
Changes have to happen before the trade deadline! Here's what I propose
1) Figure out some way to dump Outlaw and Hayes
2) Sign Terrence Williams, James Johnson, Kris Joesph, and Darko Mililic. Honestly T-Will is a good all-around player and JJ is a good defender. Darko can block shots. Joseph can be a scoring spark. Only reason to bring these guys in is to fill out 3rd string
**3) Trade Jimmer, JT, Mbah a Moute to Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan and Aaron Gray
Kings Depth Chart
PG - Vasquez, Thomas, McCallum
SG - McLemore, Thornton, Williams
SF - DeRozan, Salmons, Joseph
PF - Patterson, Landry, Johnson (Small Ball PF)
C - Cousins, Gray, Darko
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: On the future of the current Sacramento Kings roster
I love Jimmer's shooting ability but the guy is unfortunately a defensive liability. Thats why I would trade him.
Trade Jimmer and Luc Mbah a Moute for Arron Afflalo from the Orlando Magic
3 months ago on Poll: Will the Sacramento Kings pick up the fourth year on Jimmer Fredette’s contract?
Completely agree with just about everything you have said! Great insight and totally the way to go!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Assessing success for the 2013-14 Sacramento Kings
For me success would come from a culture change from coaching and good individual statistics from certain players. I wanna see Vasquez average around 8-9 assists. I want Ben McLemore to be a dominant 3pt threat and it would be great for him to compete in the 3pt contest in the All-Star game and maybe even win ROY! And lastly I want to see DMC become a double-double machine. Be a top 5 rebounder in the league, hopefully be a 20ppg guy, and maybe even lead the league in drawn charges and offensive rebounds!
I'm more interested in individual stats than overall team stats because our team is still filled with some players that need to go. I don't care if we finish with the worst record in the NBA, the worst defensive rating or whatever. As long as these 3 guys can shine then I know we are in good hands going forward. And if we are this bad, we will get a high draft in 2014 which will make our team better! I mean look at the Cavs last year, the players on theat team werent so great except for the one superstar Kyrie Irving. People would watch there games to watch him. I think if we can even get to a stage like that (with someone DMC) or hopefully better then that is success in my opinion!
I am a Kings fan but honestly I hope our team doesn't improve much at all from last season. Why? Because there are some great prizes that the Kings can get their hands on by getting a high lotto pick in next year's draft, the loaded 2014 draft! I do really want to see Cousins and McLemore take off, but I hope our record is bad so we can land a superstar in next draft. Trust me just one year of being bad, and then when we get that superstar, the Sacramento Kings will be headed in the right direction!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Sacramento Kings roster is different, but is it better?
Sign F/C Chris Wilcox instead! He's got more experience and a better rebounder
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Cole Aldrich works out for Sacramento Kings
Its an honest toss up between Moute and Salmons. I know this sounds unprofessional but maybe we could switch some nights depending on the opponent? Like playing against LeBron or KD we could put Moute in to slow them down.
Or trade Jimmer Fredette and Moute for Arron Afflalo from the Magic. They get a PG, we get an undersized SF. It works on NBA ESPN Trade Machine!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Who should the Sacramento Kings start at small forward on opening night?